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CBU: Meroplankton of Sydney Harbour, Nova Scotia
Porter, R., Hatcher, B. 2013. Meroplankton of Sydney Harbour, Nova Scotia. OBIS Canada Digital Collections. OBIS Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, Version 1, Digital. Retrieved from

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This dataset contains species distribution records collected as part of a Cape Breton University BSC Honours thesis project. On each sampling date, triplicate, surface zooplankton tows of approximately 300m length were made parallel to the shores within each of the three sampling areas in Sydney Harbour, Cape Breton: one tow in the centre, and one closer to each shore more

Sample analysis included coarse identification of groups of taxa - few specimens were identified to species level. The final results include counts for: lobster, crab, fish eggs and larvae, gastropods, mysids, amphipods, ostracods, euphausiids, chaetognaths, ctenophores, scyphozoa. There was also a group of unknown or other - counts for this group are not included as part of the OBIS dataset.
Plankton sampling in 2011 spanned a six-month period from mid-July to mid-December, chosen to occur before, during, and after the planned dredging of the Harbour (i.e. 1 September to 21 December 2011). Sampling was initiated in early Summer to capture the first stages of lobster, crab, and fish, based on the timing of occurrence of these species in the 2009 pilot study. Sampling extended through the autumn and into the winter of 2011 to determine the abundances of larvae (if any remained) during dredging activity. Ancillary experiments (irregular sampling) beyond this core sampling program were undertaken to test key assumptions of the sampling regime as time permitted.

Biology > Plankton
Marine/Coastal, PSE, Australia, New South Wales, Sydney Harbour, Actinopterygii, Amphipoda, Chaetognatha, Ctenophora, Gastropoda, Mysida, Ostracoda, Scyphozoa

Geographical coverage
PSE, Australia, New South Wales, Sydney Harbour

Temporal coverage
5 August 2009 - 15 December 2011

Taxonomic coverage
Actinopterygii [WoRMS]
Amphipoda [WoRMS]
Chaetognatha [WoRMS]
Ctenophora [WoRMS]
Gastropoda [WoRMS]
Mysida [WoRMS]
Ostracoda [WoRMS]
Scyphozoa [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Cape Breton University (CBU), moredata creator

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OBIS-Canada: Canadian Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Based on this dataset
Porter, R.A. (2012). The meroplankton community of Sydney Harbour, Nova Scotia: spatial and temporal patterns in an industrial marine ecosystem. BSc Thesis. Department of Biology, Cape Breton University: Sydney. 113 pp., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-02-24
Information last updated: 2015-06-11
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